We’ve been talking a lot about tires around here over the last couple weeks. Mostly we’ve been talking about high performance road tires as that’s what we’ll be bolting under the Caprice project to enhance the handling of the car. On the other end of the performance tire spectrum is the venerable drag slick. Invented in the 1960s, the wrinkle wall slick revolutionized the world of drag racing and is a large part of the 300mph nitro powered rocket ships of today. These tires do wholly unnatural things when subjected to the thousands of horsepower and umpteen thousands of ft/lbs of torque the engines unleash on them each and every lap.
We all know that the tires grow and expand during a run, but how many of you knew that they go virtually square at the top end of the track? We’ve seen still photos of this phenomena but this video is a simply amazing account of what happens in living color. We watched this video a couple of times and it really is mind blowing. The car and track is unnamed, but it is definitely a nitro burner and it seriously hustles down the track.
You’ll never look at a big drag slick the same way again after seeing this video!